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Christians Besieged: We Must Stand With the Suffering (2207)

EDITORIAL: Pray for Christians everywhere. Their suffering is ours, and the persecution they face may be in our future, as well.

09/14/2016 Comments (4)

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On March 25, 2016, Pope Francis marked Good Friday in Rome at the Colosseum. In his meditation on the Via Crucis, Francis prayed:

“O cross of Christ, today, too, we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence.

“O cross of Christ, today, too, we see you in the faces of children, of women and people, worn out and fearful, who flee from war and violence and who often only find death and many Pilates who wash their hands.”

The Pope’s comments are a helpful reminder to all of us of the immense suffering of our Christian sisters and brothers across the globe. From North Korea and China to Nigeria and...READ MORE

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Russell Shaw: View From a Veteran US Church Watcher (2717)

Author explains the lessons learned from past Church leaders who struggled to establish a beachhead in an often hostile land, while critiquing the blind spots of the assimilationists that still haunt us today.

09/13/2016 Comments (5)
Carmel Communications

Russell Shaw

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Russell Shaw is the author, most recently, of Catholics in America: Religious Identity and Cultural Assimilation From John Carroll to Flannery O’Connor.

During an election year that has revived questions about whether self-identified Catholic candidates can endorse abortion rights, or if Catholic nonprofits should be exempted from laws that violate the Church’s moral teaching, Shaw takes us back to the early days of the Church in America. At that time, many asked whether committed Catholics could be loyal Americans. As Catholic leaders sought to build bridges with the Protestant majority, they slowly formulated a vision of assimilation that would form U.S. Catholic identity even as it...READ MORE

Filed under american church, american values, church in america, joan frawley desmond, russell shaw, u.s. church

Knights of Columbus Head: US Must Uphold Rights of Persecuted Christians, Religious Minorities (1447)

Carl Anderson says ‘the system of religious apartheid in the region must end’ and the next administration needs to stand up for the rights of the persecuted in the Middle East.

09/13/2016 Comments (10)
Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Carl Anderson, Supreme Knights of the Knights of Columbus, speaks with CNA on June 26, 2014.

– Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

WASHINGTON — Christians can’t be second-class citizens if they are to remain in the Middle East, and the next United States administration will need to stand up for their rights, the head of the Knights of Columbus has said.

Speaking at the National Advocacy Convention 2016 for persecuted Middle-Eastern Christians, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus insisted that, for Christians in the Middle East, “the system of religious apartheid in the region must end.”

“Our tax dollars to the region must not be used to rebuild a discriminatory system that continues to impose second-class citizenship upon religious minorities,” he added, insisting that U.S. aid “should be...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Is Pleased With ‘New Freshness in the Church, a New Joy’ (2820)

In Benedict XVI’s own words in new book, he sees ‘no breach anywhere’ between his pontificate and that of his successor.

09/13/2016 Comments (16)
L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2010

– L'Osservatore Romano

MUNICH — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has said he is satisfied with the papacy of Pope Francis and sees “no contradictions” between their pontificates.

“Yes, there is suddenly a new freshness in the Church, a new joy, a new charisma that addresses the people, which is something beautiful. Many are thankful that the new pope now approaches them in a new style. The Pope is the pope; it doesn’t matter who it is,” Benedict said in his newly published collection of interviews.

The collection, published as Last Testament, consists of his interviews with journalist Peter Seewald. Seewald had previously interviewed him for Salt of the Earth, God and the World and Light of the World.

Archbishop...READ MORE

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Modernity Doesn’t Keep Its Promises (2375)

COMMENTARY: Saints, martyrs and miracles give us hope in times of distress.

09/13/2016 Comments (3)
Diocese of Rouen, France

Father Jacques Hamel, priest and martyr.

– Diocese of Rouen, France

Modernity is supposed to offer us a compromise. There will be no miracles, but also no martyrs. It hasn’t kept its end of the bargain. I want my miracles back.

Modern life offers us an abundance of material comfort, but despite that, it is in many ways appallingly bleak. Our culture declines, and our political order is spiraling into serious disrepair. For the first time in recent memory, U.S. Christians find themselves wondering whether their freedom to live and worship openly might be in jeopardy. Millions live lonely and isolated lives, using addictive substances, alcohol, sex or electronic devices as stand-ins for the human relationships they no longer know how to forge.

In such a...READ MORE

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U.S. Prelate Reflects on His 40-Year Vocation (1869)

Archbishop Thomas Gullickson is the nuncio to Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

09/13/2016 Comments (5)
Wikipedia/Mnikh&Ipatiy Vashchyshyn, OSBM

Archbishop Thomas Gullickson

– Wikipedia/Mnikh&Ipatiy Vashchyshyn, OSBM

U.S. Archbishop Thomas Gullickson has found himself at the epicenter of numerous geopolitical moments in modern history and had a second “conversion” after being made a bishop and nuncio.

Following four years of theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, Archbishop Gullickson was ordained to the priesthood on June 27, 1976, by Bishop Lambert Hoch. He returned to Rome for a doctorate in canon law before entering the Church’s diplomatic service in 1985. He has served in Rwanda, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Jerusalem and Germany.

He was consecrated a bishop in 2004 and sent as papal nuncio to the Caribbean from 2004 to 2011. He was then moved to serve as nuncio to Ukraine in 2011. He now...READ MORE

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US Bishops to Government: End Legal Battle With the Little Sisters of the Poor (2145)

‘We urge the administration ... to pursue its policy goals in a way that fully respects — rather than knowingly disregards — the sincerely held and repeatedly stated religious objections of a substantial minority of our civil society,’ the Sept. 9 comments state.

09/12/2016 Comments (8)
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Little Sisters of the Poor outside of the Supreme Court of the United States after oral arguments for their case against the HHS mandate, on April 14.

– Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON — The United States government has an opportunity to end its legal battle with the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the administration must “seize that opportunity,” legal experts are maintaining.

“In a nation dedicated to religious liberty, church-state conflict on this scale should be avoided whenever possible — and once started, ended as soon and as agreeably as possible,” legal counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated in Sept. 9 comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

They added that “it has now been spelled out with particular clarity how the administration can achieve its stated policy goals without forcing those with sincerely held...READ MORE

Filed under bishop david zubik, bishops, contraceptive mandate, hhs mandate, little sisters of the poor, religious liberty, usccb

Phyllis Schlafly, Valiant Woman (1995)

COMMENTARY: In her alert, tidy, Midwestern way, she was on to the devil’s game and never, never let loose what she could hold together through her powerful intellect and valiant heart.

09/12/2016 Comments (5)
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Phyllis Schlafly meets with President Ronald Reagan at the White House.

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Back in 1982, after getting engaged and deciding not to go to law school, I found myself working for Eagle Forum and living in the home of Fred and Phyllis Schlafly for six months.

This was a happy arrangement for me. I would do simple office work and plan my wedding. Their home was a beautiful Tudor mansion near the Mississippi River in Alton, Ill., on a bluff that offered spectacular views of Midwest sunsets. In my time there, I found myself agreeing with Phyllis on almost all topics I cared about and learning from her on many others.

While I was there, Fred Schlafly was recuperating from a failed hip-replacement operation that was causing him great suffering. I know it hurt Phyllis to...READ MORE

Filed under catholic intellectual life, feminism, phyllis schlafly, priscilla mccaffrey

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